I love going to flea markets and antique stores–I find it fascinating to look at every day objects that 50 or 100 years ago were in every home, doing an everyday task.
Often it’s a guessing game to figure out these objects were used for. I wonder what items we use on a daily basis that will be so outdated our grandchildren won’t know what job these items accomplished.
(If you like ‘old stuff’ too, you might like “The Private Life of a Country House” by Lesley Lewis. I love this book, although I wish they would come out with an illustrated edition. The items are so foreign to me, they’re hard to imagine by description alone, so read it with a device nearby.)
Anyway, here are my latest flea market finds: This piece of trim is unlike any I’ve ever seen.
I’m not fond of the green color (in our bathroom and kitchen we discovered this same shade of green that I’ll call sea foam, a baby blue, and Pepto-Bismol pink, which were all colors the wood trim was painted over the years!) so I’m going to strip it, and either leave it plain dark wood, or if the stripping doesn’t go well, I’ll paint it white. It’s actually a much more vivid green than it looks in the picture. The trim was $15.
I have a “Papa Small” book by Lois Lenski that was read to me a lot as a little girl. I think it was even my mother’s when she was young—sadly, it is missing the cover and last few pages, but I do still have what remains of it, and the illustrations are deeply rooted in my childhood memories. When I spotted this “When I Grow Up” book by Lois Lenski, I snatched it up, and happily, it was $2.50.
Louis Lenski books are sometimes hard to find, and can be expensive. I checked on Amazon, and did find several
copies of this book, ranging from $1.48 to $100.
I think mine would be at the lower end of that spectrum—it’s a former school library book, and is in nice, but nowhere near new, condition.
I had no thought of resale when I bought it, I just wanted it because it makes me smile, and it can keep my “Papa Small” company on my bookshelf. I laughed when I showed it to my boys, and they asked what was the mysterious envelope in the back!